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Anthony Mackie Calls 'Triple Nine,' Marion Cotillard Voices 'A Rigged World' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 21, 2014 11:46 AM
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Captain America: The Winter Soldier
As if the cast of John Hillcoat's "Triple Nine" wasn't awesome enough with Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Winslet, Aaron Paul, Michael Pena, Teresa Palmer and Gal Gadot already on board, well it just got even better.

Review: 'Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight' Floats But Doesn't Quite Sting

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 6, 2013 12:52 PM
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Capturing the magnetic, larger than life personality of Muhammad Ali has been something only a few actors have tried over the years, including Will Smith, Darius McCrary and Terrence Howard. And while the boxing legend and sports world superstar can be imitated, he simply can't be duplicated. So call it a savvy move on the part of screenwriter Shawn Slovo and director Stephen Frears to avoid that issue altogether in "Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight," which defers to archival footage to present the titular subject in the dramatized story of his fight against his conviction of avoiding the Vietnam War draft, a crime punishable by up to five years in prison. Unfortunately, however, that archival material is also the most dramatically potent in a film that presents the story respectfully, it not particularly compellingly.

Lee Daniels, Jordan Vogt-Roberts & More Line Up TV Projects

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • September 20, 2013 9:41 AM
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With “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” crossing the $100 million mark and awards sure to come, Lee Daniels and screenwriter Danny Strong have decided to stick together for their next project. Deadline reports the duo will take their talents to the small screen through the guidance of Brian Grazer for “a unique family drama set in the world of a hip hop empire.” The untitled project, set to be developed for Fox under “a put pilot commitment,” will see Daniels make his first foray into television as he is set to helm the Strong-scripted pilot.

Watch: New Trailer For Stephen Frears' 'Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 27, 2013 11:53 AM
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Playing in limited release right now is the rather excellent documentary, "The Trials Of Muhammad Ali" (our review), which gives a fascinating, in depth look at the legal battles the fighter faced, including his highly publicized decision to claim conscientious objector status when drafted for the Vietnam War. It was a position that seriously threatened his livelihood, and made him an easy target from all sides; the true story itself is hugely dramatic and compelling. But if you'd rather see a movie with actors telling the tale, well, there's "Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight."

Watch: Teaser Trailer & New Pics For Stephen Frears' 'Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 13, 2013 11:22 AM
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Festival scheduling can be difficult, with overlaps and conflicts ruining even the noblest of intentions. And thus, we were slightly bummed to miss Stephen Frears' "Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight" at the Cannes Film Festival this May. At least at first. Word on the picture was muted at best, and it's safe to say it barely made a ripple on the Croisette. But perhaps this story of an American icon will play better at home than abroad? Well, in just a couple months, you'll be able to judge for yourself.

Watch: 3 Clips From Stephen Frears' Cannes Film 'Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 22, 2013 5:35 PM
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Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight
If further evidence were needed that the lines between TV and film are becoming less and less visible, Cannes has provided a decent opportunity. Last year saw "Hemingway & Gellhorn" get an out-of-competition screening, whereas this year went one better, and has seen Steven Soderbergh's "Behind The Candelabra" pick up some of the best reviews of the festival.

Casting: Dominic Cooper Draws 'Dracula,' Keanu Reeves Is 'John Wick' & More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • May 9, 2013 4:47 PM
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Despite the festering wound that was “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,” the film’s two leads haven’t taken much of a hit as both have landed some big roles.

Aaron Paul Out, Benjamin Walker In For HBO's Spy Series 'The Missionary'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 8, 2012 10:45 AM
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"I'm a movie star now, bitch," "Breaking Bad" star Aaron Paul said into his cellphone to HBO, before driving his Ferarri into the Malibu sunset. Okay, that probably didn't happen, but with the actor now toplining the franchise ready "Need For Speed," it seems the allure of the television -- no matter how strong the quality of the project -- is perhaps losing its sheen. Even though it was reported to have a pilot order this summer, it seems HBO's "The Missionary" has had to find a new lead, and indeed they have.

Review: 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' Is A Surprisingly Solid Mix of History & Horror

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • June 21, 2012 8:30 AM
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One of the biggest question marks of the summer movie season has been "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," Timur Bekmambetov's $70 million R-rated historical mash-up that sees the sixteenth President of the United States fighting undead creatures and the evils of slavery, all at the same time (in 3D, no less). Based on the novel by Seth Grahame-Smith, who also wrote the screenplay (with uncredited help from Simon Kinberg), and produced by top ghoul Tim Burton, the trailers and television spots didn't completely convey whether or not it was supposed to be funny or scary, serious or silly. It turns out that (brilliantly) -- it's both. Somehow the movie manages to be fun and tongue-in-cheek without ever seeming disrespectful. It's a winning combination of history and horror where Honest Abe is able to kick serious ass.

Tim Burton & Timur Bekmambetov Talk The "Superhero Origin Story" Of 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' & Why They Went 3D

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • June 20, 2012 3:19 PM
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When Seth Grahame-Smith began to write the “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,” he didn’t let the epiphany of a wacky title affect his dead-serious alternate universe story -- our 16th President, leader of the people by day, and slayer of the undead at night. Though he couldn’t have expected that the premise to catch the fancy of A-List filmmaker Tim Burton, who heard the title and experienced a brief flashback.

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